Musicians of The Great War
Joseph Maurice Ravel (1837 - 1937) was a French composer, pianist and conductor, born in the Basque town of Ciboure in France. During the war Ravel tried to enlist in the French Air Force as a pilot but both his age and health thwarted his ambition, so instead he joined the Thirteenth Artillery Regiment as a lorry driver. He was distressed by what he saw during his war years and composed little, however his most substantial wartime composition Le Tombeau de Couperin was composed between 1914 - 1917 and each movement is dedicated to one of Ravel's friends who was lost during these years.
Le Tombeau de Couperin